Monday, March 14, 2011

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 1,499: Commander Bacara

The Legacy Collection Basic Figures
Item No.:
Asst. 87535 No. 92528
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: #BD47
Includes: Blaster, droid part
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $7.99
Availability: November 2009
Appearances: Revenge of the Sith

Bio: Commander Bacara is a clone commander under Ki-Adi-Mundi. He works alongside the Jedi General during the Clone Wars. The clone commander's loyalty to the Republic compels him to turn on his onetime comrade when Order 66 is enacted. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: On my desk.

Commentary: In 2005 Hasbro created a version of this figure with limited articulation and a quick-draw arm gimmick. Fans wanted a super-articulated version of the figure, and they got one... in an extremely rare Battle Pack in 2008. In 2009, Hasbro released a carded version of Commander Bacara with all-clean deco and his blaster on an individual card which, not surprisingly, sold really quickly.

The figure is actually just a parts-swap, the body is the 2003 Super Articulated Clone Trooper with the 2005 Bacara's shoulder armor, kama, and head. Simple-- heck, you could've made one of these yourself using clearance figures and five minutes of your time. The figure looks really good, despite being older parts it seems most fans didn't notice or didn't care-- they were just happy Hasbro released a version of Bacara with knees AND ankles for once. The clean carded version is probably the easiest one to get, but the battle damaged one from the Mygeeto Battle Pack is also pretty awesome. As Bacaras go this is the best figure to date, and odds are Hasbro has little reason to make a new one. It doesn't mean that they won't, but as of right now this is the best version you can buy.

Collector's Notes: A fast seller, and dang popular for a repack. Even more surprising, it's still pretty cheap-- under $10 on eBay, even less out of the packaging. You should get one.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,499: March 14, 2011

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